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Country of origin important for Aussie consumers

May 22, 2015

With calls for reform to Australia’s Country of Origin Labelling system continuing to mount, Australian shoppers say that the country of origin of their fresh produce is more important than ever, according to the latest consumer research data. Read More »

Yates Junior Landcare Creative Gardening Grants

May 20, 2015
Landcare 2014 recipient

Young people and schools across Australia are being encouraged to apply for one of 25 ‘Creative Gardening’ grants worth $1000 launched in early May—after Landcare Australia received an overwhelming response to an earlier round of Junior Landcare garden grants following the launch of Landcare into the 2015 Australian Curriculum. Read More »

2015 AUSVEG National Convention

May 18, 2015

The AUSVEG National Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence, to be held at Jupiters Gold Coast from 25-27 June 2015, will feature talks by economics experts James Bond and Chris Murphy. As two of Australia’s leading economists, the pair are expected to impart their years of economic wisdom during separate speaker sessions on Saturday 27 June. Read More »

Construction of Sydney’s first horticulture exhibition centre commences

May 14, 2015
Artist’s impression of the new Biome.

Construction of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens first dedicated horticulture exhibition centre commences today. This will be an international attraction designed to stimulate, educate and create passion for horticulture amongst visitors. The Royal Botanic Gardens is among the crowning attractions of Sydney, and this horticultural centre will become a prominent jewel in that crown. Read More »

International conference on Proteaceae and new ornamental crops

May 13, 2015

Excitement is building among flower and ornamental plant researchers, pot plant and flower growers and marketers who will meet in August when Perth hosts the VIII International Symposium on New Ornamental Crops, the XII International Protea Research Symposium and the XVII International Protea Association Conference. The draft program has just been released and is available on the conference website ( With early registrations closing on May 19, please take advantage of the reduced rate by booking without delay! Read More »

Coffs Harbour Growers’ Workshop

May 10, 2015

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA), the peak industry association for the hydroponics and greenhouse industry, will convene a Growers’ Workshop at the Woolgoolga Bowling Club, Coffs Harbour, NSW, on 14 May 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is free, including supper and refreshments.

The workshop is particularly targeted at blueberry and greenhouse cucumber growers. Speakers include: Phil Wilk, NSWDPI (Blueberry diseases); Len Tesoriero, NSWDPI (Cucumber disease management); Phil Ritchie, Rijk Zwaan (New blue-leaf cucumber varieties); and Sophie Parks, NSWDPI (Blueberry research).

Attendees at the workshop have the chance to win full registration to the PCA Greenworks conference (5-7 July) and two nights’ accommodation at Jupiters Gold Coast, a door prize package valued at A$800.

For further information contact: Phil Wilk, Mb: 0411 139 567, Melinda Simpson, Mb: 0447 081 765, or Jonathan Lidbetter Mb: 0477 378 549.

Foreign investment scrutiny in agriculture

May 2, 2015

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, warmly welcomed new measures announced by the Prime Minister and Treasurer today to improve transparency of foreign investment in Australian agriculture.

“We have heard the Australian people, fought for changes and now have delivered,” Minister Joyce said. Read More »